Courses

Learn about undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Special Education.

Note: See also "Fall Courses by Program."

Undergraduate Coursework

  • Historical, philosophical, and legal aspects of special education that affect identification and programming for diverse learners with exceptionalities.
  • Characteristics of individuals with special needs and implications for adapting living and learning environments.
  • Meets special education mainstreaming requirement for all basic teaching credentials.

(3 units)

Prerequisites:

  • Credit or concurrent registration in Special Education 500
  • Concurrent registration in Special Education 502

Theory, research, and processes in learning in relation to individuals with disabilities. Foundations of learning, development, and intervention.

 (3 units)

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Special Education 501

3 hours of observation/ participation per week.

Observation and participation in general and special education classrooms and related school activities for students with disabilities.

(1 unit)

Prerequisite: Admission to credential program

Educational needs and services for students with serious emotional disturbance. Classroom interventions and procedures.

(1 unit)

Prerequisite: Special Education 500

Historical and philosophical perspectives of programs related to students with mild/ moderate disabilities. Research on educational programs, curricular approaches, and characteristics.

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Special Education 500

Historical and philosophical perspectives of programs related to students with moderate/ severe disabilities. Research on educational programs, curricular approaches, and characteristics with emphasis on services in context of school reform.

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Special Education 500

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives, characteristics, needs, and supports for individuals with physical, health, and sensory impairments in educational, home, and community settings.
  • Implications of health concerns for programming.

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in Special Education

Note that students in SPED 527 are encouraged (but not required) to participate in a study abroad experience.

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Special Education 500

  • Characteristics, needs, and educational programs and services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and
    their families.
  • Legislative requirements, models of service delivery, recommended practices, and family diversity. 

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Admission to credential program

  • Classroom assessment in general and special education for students with mild/ moderate disabilities.
  • Curriculum-based data collection strategies. Influences of cultural and linguistic diversity, and implications for curricular and instructional adaptations.

(3 units)

Prerequisites: Special Education 500 and 501

  • Positive behavioral supports for students with disabilities in general and special education settings.
  • Current theories and programs in functional assessment and behavioral change.
  • Applications in educational and community environments with diverse students.

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Special Education 500

  • Educational applications of current technologies for learners with disabilities.
  • Selection, modification, and classroom use of
    technologies to improve or bypass physical, sensory, communicative, learning, and social limitations.

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Special Education 980

  • Components of individualized education program plans, individualized family service plans, and individualized transition
    plans.
  • Goals, objectives, and outcomes for program planning. Legal and ethical considerations.

(1 unit)

Specialized study of selected topics in special education.

  • May be offered as either a workshop or lecture/ discussion.
  • See Class Schedule for specific content.
  • Maximum credit of 6 units of 596 applicable to a master's degree.
  • Maximum combined credit of 6 units of 596 and 696 applicable to a 30-unit master's degree.

(1-4 units)

 

Graduate Coursework

Prerequisite: Admission to Clear Education Specialist Credential or M.A. program in special education or related area

Advanced approaches to dealing with behavioral crises and health issues in classroom, to include working with mental health specialists and school nurses.

(1 unit)

Prerequisite: Admission to credential program

  • Models of assessment emphasizing observation and interviewing, performance-based approaches, transdisciplinary teaming, family-professional collaboration, and adaptations for specific disabilities, cultural, and linguistic diversity.
  • Communicating and using assessment data for individualized program planning.

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Admission to credential program and concurrent registration in approved fieldwork

  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs and services for young children with disabilities
  • Selecting and adapting curriculum and instructional approaches, collaborating with families from diverse cultural/ linguistic backgrounds, and monitoring program effectiveness
  • Both Special Education 643A and 643B required
  • Maximum credit 6 units. A. Preschoolers B. Infants/ Toddlers

(3 units)

  • Research-based instructional strategies to promote higher level and creative thinking
  • Counseling approaches
  • Services to families
  • Issues in differentiating learning experiences

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Special Education 525

  • Design and implementation issues of instructional programs for students with severe handicaps
  • Approaches which foster school and community integration and active family involvement will be analyzed

(3 units)

Prerequisites: Admission to credential program and concurrent registration in Special Education 970

  • Adaptations in curriculum and instruction in language development, reading, language arts, and mathematics for students with disabilities
  • Current research and practices related to linguistic, cultural, and ability differences

(3 units)

Prerequisites: Special Education 647 and concurrent registration in Special Education 980

  • Advanced adaptations in curriculum and instruction in content areas, study skills, organizational strategies, and social and transition skills
  • English-as-a-second language approaches for students with disabilities
  • Research and practices related to linguistic

(3 units)

Prerequisites: Special Education 500, 501

  • Instructional sequences (mini-courses) focusing on a single topic or competency dealing with special education
  • Topics differ each semester to adjust to current literature in the field, training needs, and resource availability
  • Maximum combined credit of 9 units for Special Education 650A, 650B, 650C, 650D applicable to a master's degree

(1-4 units)

 

Prerequisite: Admission to Clear Education Specialist Credential or M.A. program in special education or related area

  • Implementation of laws, regulations, and compliance requirements in special education
  • Leadership approaches for managing school related services within a multidisciplinary context

(3 units)

Prerequisites: Admission to Clear Education Specialist Credential or M.A. program in special education or related area

Advanced instruction, collaboration, consultation skills, and strategies for working with students, teachers, paraprofessionals, school personnel, other service providers, parents, and representatives from the community

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Admission to credential program and credit or concurrent registration in Special Education 980

  • Communication and collaboration skills for working with teachers and other professionals, paraprofessionals, parents, and representatives from the community
  • Listening and questioning techniques, interpersonal processes, family systems and needs, conflict resolution, decision-making models, and team functions

(1 unit)

Prerequisite: Special Education 524 or 525 or 528

  • Educational theories, philosophies, research findings, issues and trends in area of exceptionality
  • Application of research to solution of educational problems
  • May be taken in each area of exceptionality:
    • A. Mild/ Moderate Disabilities
    • B. Moderate/ Severe Disabilities and Early Childhood
    • C. Developing Gifted Potential 

(3 units)

Prerequisite: Special Education 553

Single-case research designs focused on interventions with individuals with disabilities

(3 units)

Cr/NC Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser.

Application to be made during previous semester.

  • Extensive daily participation or teaching in public schools and preparation for teaching of exceptional individuals
  • May be repeated with new content.
  • Maximum credit 6 units applicable to a master's degree

(1-4 units)

Cr/ NC/ SP Prerequisite:
Consent of staff; to be arranged with department chair and instructor

  • Individual study
  • May involve fieldwork
  • Maximum credit 6 units applicable to a master's degree

(1-6 units)

Cr/ NC Prerequisites:
Special Education 502 and consent of credential adviser.

  • 15 hours of observation/ participation per week
  • Participation in general and special education programs for students with disabilities; supervised by a special educator
  • Integration and application of skills and knowledge gained in credential coursework
  • May be repeated in other specialties
  • Maximum credit 4 units applicable to each credential program:
    • A. Mild/ Moderate Disabilities
    • B. Moderate/ Severe Disabilities
    • C. Physical/ Health Impairments
    • D. ECSE: Infant/ Preschool

(4 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of Preliminary credential in special education.

Planning for professional development including demonstration of implementation of policies and practices appropriate for providing services to students with disabilities.

(1 unit)

Cr/ NC Prerequisite: Consent of credential adviser.

  • Culminating practicum for Education Specialist Credential (Preliminary)
  • Participation supervised by a special educator
  • May be repeated in other specialties
  • Maximum credit 12 units
    • A. Mild/ Moderate Disabilities
    • B. Moderate/ Severe Disabilities
    • C. Physical/ Health Impairments
    • D. ECSE: Infant/ Preschool

(1-12 units)